Wanderoo David Carney joined his new team-mates at Newcastle Jets - and insisted this time he wants to hang around.
The far-travelled Socceroo has been virtually living out of a suitcase for the past seven years since leaving Sydney FC in 2007, aged 23.
Since then, his list of clubs have read like a backpacker’s round the world travelogue, starting at Sheffield United then Norwich City in the UK, FC Twente in the Netherlands, back to the UK at Blackpool, AD Alcorcon in Spain and Bunyodkor in Uzebekistan as he globetrotted in pursuit of regular gametime.
Most recently though he teamed up with Tim Cahill and Thierry Henry at New York Red Bulls in the MLS until his release at the end of their season last November.
But with the World Cup now looming, Carney has returned to the A-League in a bid to regain his starting spot in the green and gold.
And he insists this time it won’t just be a stop over en route to his next destination.
“Obviously I’d like to be stable now,” he said. “I’m 30 now. I just want to be stable now, and play some games. That's what I want to do.
“[I’ve had] plenty of lows, but I’ve had a few highs too. It’s football. It’s something I love to do and I’ve travelled the world doing it so I have no regrets really.
“Just being back in Australia and training with the boys feels good.You always feel more comfortable when you’re playing in your own country.
“I already feel more relaxed and the stresses off the field aren’t there any more so you just have to concentrate on the football ahead and I’m looking forward to that.
“A good performance is going to get noticed. Anyone coming back now, it’s in the public eye. The way the league is at the moment, it’s very high quality.
“If you’re performing in the A-League, it’s obvious you’re going to be watched.”
Carney had limited involvement in his first training session with the Jets, watching from the sidelines for much of it.
But during a knock around, he slipped into an attacking left-side position and at one stage, pulled off an impressive spin and strike to score.
Now he’s hoping to prove himself in a more forward role than the controversial fullback position he was shoehorned into for the Socceroos by former coach Holger Osieck.
“I’d like to play further up the park,” he admitted afterwards. “That’s my natural position, but I’ll do what’s best for the team.
“The first session is always hard but I’m happy to get underway and looking forward to the game at the weekend…but I don’t think I’ll be playing.
“It'll come down to how my legs are tomorrow. I’m not 22 any more. It just doesn’t come naturally.
“Hopefully I’ll pull up alright tomorrow and then see Friday Saturday if I can get involved - maybe a bench spot, that’s what I’m aiming for but it’ll come down to the coach.”
As far as the World Cup is concerned, Carney acknowledges he has to force his way into new coach Ange Postecoglou’s plans - and the only way to do that is on the park.
“I have to just concentrate on Newcastle and do the best I can,” he said. “That’s all I can do - if that comes calling then obviously I’ll be delighted.
“It’s important for everyone - I’d love to go over their but it all comes down to my performances between now and the end of the season.
“What I have to do is try my hardest in training and in games and give it my all. If I’m not picked, I’m not picked but at least I’ll know I can have no regrets.
“All I can do is give everything I can.”